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Adobe Illustrators CS3 Buttons: Water Blue and Yellow Buttons

written by: Amanda Presley•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 11/11/2010

This tutorial will show you how to create water blue and yellow buttons using Adobe Illustrator CS3.

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    Adobe Illustrators CS3 Buttons - water blue and yellow buttons - finished These buttons are created with a water blue gradient color and then there is a yellow gradient rectangle added to the left side of the button. This tutorial will show you step by step how to create the water blue and yellow buttons.

    Drawing the Rectangle

    You will need to start by drawing the rectangle for the button. Select your rectangle tool from the toolbar and draw a rectangle on your document. Just draw one button and when we finish the button, we will duplicate the other ones that you need.

    Adobe Illustrators CS3 Buttons - water blue and yellow buttons - water gradient Applying the Gradient to the Rectangle

    You will need to open the Water Gradient panel. Click Window > Swatch Libraries > Gradients > Water. Click your rectangle to select it and then click the Water 7 gradient. That is the seventh gradient in the Water Gradient box. Change the stroke color of the rectangle to # 007FC3. Change the gradient angle to 90.

    Drawing the Small Rectangle

    Now we will draw the small rectangle that goes on the left side. Select the rectangle tool again. Draw a narrow rectangle. How narrow is up to you. You can refer to the finished image that I have provided to see the small rectangle. After you have drawn the rectangle, slide it to the far left.

    Adobe Illustrators CS3 Buttons - water blue and yellow buttons - swatches little rectangle Applying the Gradient to the Small Rectangle

    Next, we will apply the gradient to the small rectangle. Click the rectangle to select it. The gradient that we will be using for this rectangle is in the default swatches panel. So click the default swatches panel on the right side of your window. Look for the Autumn Yellow Radial gradient and click it to apply it. There is not stroke color applied to the small rectangle.

    Grouping the Two Rectangles

    Before you start duplicating the other buttons you will need to group them together. Grouping them together will turn the two rectangles into one graphic. Grab your black pointer. Hold down the Shift key and select both of the rectangles. Go to the top of your window and click Objects > Group. Your two rectangles are now one.

    Duplicating Your Other Buttons

    Now you can duplicate the other buttons that you need. To duplicate them, you will need to copy and paste them. Click the button and press CTRL C on your keyboard. Click off of the button and press CTRL V. That will paste a new button. Press CTRL V again to paste another button. Continue doing this until you have all of the buttons that you need. Then you can add your text to the buttons.